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(Virtual) Pink Traveler: Death Becomes Them

It’s all about the open road for us right now. Even though planes have been touted among the safest places during Covid-19 outbreaks, we’re still not ready to hop on board and head to another country, especially on a flight as long as those to Europe.

So we’re trying to get our international travel fix by tracking down interesting virtual events that are happening overseas. This weekend, one of our bucket-list tourist attractions popped up in a digital way and it sounds really interesting.

Professor Andrew Lear, a world-renowned expert on sexuality in art and the author of the best-known book on sexuality in Greek vase-painting (now there’s a niche for you!), has created Oscar Wilde Tours, a gay history tour company, as well as Shady Ladies Tours, a women’s history tour business.

On Sunday, he’ll lead online guests on a tour of Père Lachaise, one of Paris’ great monumental cemeteries and home to the tombs and graves of many famous people. The Paris views from the afterlife abodes are also known to be pretty spectacular.

Among the well-known celebrities of the past several centuries are several notable women and LGBTQ people. Oscar Wilde, whose tomb is pictured above, may be one of the most visited, along with the final resting places of Proust, Isadora Dunca, Edith Piaf, Maria Callas and Gertrude Stein.

Professor Lear will show you around the cemetery and wax poetic in tales of these famous people, as well as some significant ones you may have never heard of before: a lesbian painter and her two life partners among them.

The cost is only $10 for a 75-minute tour, or roughly the cost of checking 40% of one piece of luggage. And you don’t even have to leave your bed to participate.

Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and More in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery
Virtual tour
Sunday, August 2
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Complete details at eventbrite.com

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